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Graphic: Thanksgiving Foods Grown In Oregon

Ecotrope | Nov. 14, 2012 8:59 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:28 p.m.

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 Oregon farmers produce 235,000 pounds of turkey every year – just a fraction of the 31.6 million pounds eaten by Oregonians.

 Oregon farmers produce 235,000 pounds of turkey every year – just a fraction of the 31.6 million pounds eaten by Oregonians.

How much of the Thanksgiving foods Oregonians eat are produced in Oregon?

The infographic below, built by the land-use advocacy group 1000 Friends of Oregon, lays out how much the state’s farms produce every year compared with how much Oregonians eat.

Apparently, the state produces 10 times more pumpkins than Oregonians eat and five times more cranberries. Oregon farmers grow way more snap beans and potatoes than Oregonians eat. But they only produce a fraction of the turkey consumed in the state. Oregon farms produce 235,000 pounds of turkey a year, but Oregonians eat a whopping 31.6 million pounds.

Craig Beebe 1000 Friends said his organization wanted to cerebrate the food produced by Oregon farmers – the chief beneficiaries of the group’s work to protect farmland from development. The infographic relies on data from the U.S. Census, U.S. Department of Agriculture and state data.

“We want people to know how huge agriculture is to their state,” he said. “It’s not just some pretty thing you look at out the window when you’re driving by on the highway. It’s not just land that’s waiting for someone to develop it … Oregon ag doesn’t just give to us at Thanksgiving. It gives to us year-round, and now seems like the appropriate time to stop and think about that.”

Check out the infographic below and tell me if you will: Do you know where your turkey is coming from this year?

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